Second Chicago Police Involved Shooting in Less than 20 Hours

An off-duty Chicago police sergeant fired shots during an altercation with a group of people in a car on the Northwest Side on Sunday evening, apparently wounding someone, authorities said.

It was the second shooting by a Chicago police officer in less than 20 hours. Early Sunday, an on-duty officer fatally shot a man suspected of being involved in a shooting that wounded three people on the West Side, according to authorities.

“According to a witness, an offender in the car brandished a gun,” the Police Department said in a statement. “After being alerted about the gun, the sergeant drew his service weapon and fired at the offender as he sped away from the scene.”

Shortly afterward, a group of people showed up at Swedish Covenant Hospital about 10 blocks away. One of them was a man or boy with a gunshot wound to the shoulder that was not considered life-threatening, authorities said.

Investigators suspect he was shot by the off-duty sergeant. A weapon was recovered from the parking lot of the hospital and it had been fired, he said.

A law enforcement source said the altercation may have involved mistaken identity.

A man who works in a store nearby said he saw someone in a hooded sweatshirt fire five shots into a maroon SUV before running into the parking lot of a nearby McDonald’s.

A woman who lives on the second floor of an apartment building next to the McDonald’s said she heard gunshots and, through her blinds, saw a man leaning over an SUV and firing at another car.

More than a dozen police and detectives converged on the scene, a commercial strip that includes the McDonald’s, a Subway sandwich shop, a Starbucks and some apartments.

A McDonald’s supervisor came to the scene to hand surveillance video over to police. Detectives were collecting other video and interviewing apartment residents who live nearby.

The sergeant, who works in the 19th District, will be placed on administrative duty for 30 days, per department policy.

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